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The 8 Best Bra Brands for Every Size, Shape, and Purpose

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Best Everyday Bras

ThirdLove Classic T-Shirt Bra

Classic T-Shirt Bra

Best Everyday Bras

ThirdLove Classic T-Shirt Bra

Now 16% Off

Cons
  • Some experience underwire discomfort

ThirdLove has a virtual fitting room featuring 3D renderings and animations that correspond to a questionnaire to visually explain concepts like cup gaping and underwire digging. It asks users to identify problems in their current bra experience to match them with the perfect fit.

Co-founder, Ra’el Cohen says, My personal favorite bra is our 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra. It works with, not against, my natural breast shape to create beautiful cleavage and the look I desire.” With memory foam cups, and nonslip, pleated adjustable straps, the result is supportive and smoothing.

Band Sizes: 32-34

Cup Sizes: A-H (including half cup sizes)

Colors: 16 options

Material: Nylon, spandex

Customer review: “This is my second Classic T-shirt bra and it’s simply the best underwire bra I’ve ever had. Its great for daily wear and especially under my white T-shirts. I also love that Third Love does half sizes because it allows me to have my perfect fit.

Best Strapless Variety

Lively Smooth Strapless

Editor’s Choice

Smooth Strapless

Best Strapless Variety

Lively Smooth Strapless

Cons
  • The band is wider than most

Livelys bras are smooth, breathable, and sleek. The brand does strapless styles especially well, with a thick, snug band that stays comfortably put and separate cups that flatter the girls. This one is lightly padded with a flexible underwire you can barely feel.

Band Sizes: 32-38

Cup Sizes: A-DDD

Colors: Toasted almond, jet black

Material: Nylon, spandex

Customer review: “I am so pleased with this bra. Good strapless bras are hard to find, especially for top-heavy girls. I had zero slipping and even forgot I was wearing a bra! Band is a little more snug than usual but for a strapless, thats ok.

Most Comfortable

True & Co. True Body Lift Triangle Adjustable Strap Bra

True Body Lift Triangle Adjustable Strap Bra

Most Comfortable

True & Co. True Body Lift Triangle Adjustable Strap Bra

True & Co. prioritizes comfort and materials. You’ll never spot a wire or experience discomfort. This bra rounds and contours through supportive triangle cups and adjustable straps, while the inventory of styles ranges from push-up and padded to unlined second skin. If you hate wearing bras, this brand is for you.

Band Sizes: XS-2X

Cup Sizes: A-DD+

Colors: 22 options

Material: Nylon, elastane

Customer review: “This bra has just the right amount of support, lift & comfort. Its the only bra I havent ripped off while Im driving because Im so uncomfortable. I had a double mastectomy and have been searching for 1.5 years for a comfortable bra, and the search is OVER!

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Best Non-Padded Support

CUUP The Plunge Mesh Bra

The Plunge Mesh Bra

Best Non-Padded Support

CUUP The Plunge Mesh Bra

Cons
  • Runs slightly small

CUUP revolutionized the bra by making simple everyday styles sexy and comfortable. The mesh is breezy and buttery while the wired bottom is pain-free and super supportive at any cup size. It comes in 50 different colors and prints.

Band Sizes: 30-44

Cup Sizes: A-H

Colors: 50 options

Material: Nylon, Spandex

Customer review:I love this bra! I’m a 34DD and was very nervous about the level of support. It has a decent amount of support for chill activities and is great quality. It is definitely the cutest bra I own. Highly recommend!”

Sexiest

Fleur du Mal Seamless Luxe Balconette Bra

Seamless Luxe Balconette Bra

Sexiest

Fleur du Mal Seamless Luxe Balconette Bra

Cons
  • Pricey

Sexy lingerie is great and all, but it’s typically reserved for special occasions due to uncomfortable materials. Fleur du Mal combines the best of both worlds, checking off both boxes. In a luxurious stretchy silk, this seamless style is great for everyday wear, featuring molded cups and a stylish bow accent.

Band Sizes: 30-38

Cup Sizes: A-D

Colors: Black, ivory, tan

Material: Silk, spandex

Customer review: “Simple, yet stunning bra. It’s so smooth with no seams showing and so perfect that I immediately bought another!

Best Bralette

Skims Crossover Bralette

Crossover Bralette

Best Bralette

Skims Crossover Bralette

Cons
  • Smooths, but does not shape

Skims is the buzziest bra brand right now. In a sea of “tried-and-true” brands, this Crossover Bralette stands out as a top-rated bestseller (with over 2,800 five-star reviews). The material is buttery and smooth while the unlined coverage gives just enough support.

Sizes: XXS-4X

Colors: 22 options

Material: Polyamide, elastane

Customer review: “This is the only bralette I’ll wear. It has perfect coverage, looks fantastic, and it actually gives support. I highly recommend this product, especially for larger-chested girls who are looking for proper bralette support.”

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Best for Small Boobs

Pepper Classic All You Bra

Classic All You Bra

Best for Small Boobs

Pepper Classic All You Bra

Now 40% Off

Pepper has changed the game of bras for small-chested ladies. A common complaint is cup gaping. Instead of adding excess volume, Pepper has perfected the smoothing fit to, lift, lay, and subtly round out the chest. The result is comfortable, second-skin support you’ll never want to take off.

Band Sizes: 30-40

Cup Sizes: AA-B

Colors: 11 options

Material: Polyamide, elastane

Customer review: “This was love at first wear. The bra is soft, comfortable, no gap as promised, perfect fit. I can’t wait to replace all my bras with Pepper!

Best for Big Boobs

Shapermint Truekind® Supportive Comfort Wireless Shaping Bra

Truekind® Supportive Comfort Wireless Shaping Bra

Best for Big Boobs

Shapermint Truekind® Supportive Comfort Wireless Shaping Bra

Cons
  • Thick material

This bra from Shapermint has sold out five times. It’s made with molded foam cups that lift and shape the boobs and features extra band coverage for a smoothing effect. Designed to disappear under any top with varying necklines, it’s completely customizable with convertible straps and an adjustable hook and eye closure.

Sizes: S-4XL

Colors: 5 options

Material: Polyamide, elastane

Customer review: “It fits well and is designed to smooth the back as it sits lower. This is the best bra I’ve ever bought.

What to Look for in a Bra

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Materials

Cami Raymond, senior design director of Ruby Ribbon says, “Non-negotiables of a good bra are quality materials and construction, a supportive band and straps, and the overall fit.” The fabric should feel like a second skin: soft, stretchy, and smooth. “Since bras are worn for extended periods of time, make sure the fabric isn’t causing any uncomfortable sensations like chafing or itching. Look for softer fabrics and bras with lining in the cups,” she adds.

Proper Fit

A properly fitting bra should fit snug around the breasts. A bra that is too big will cause gaping in the cups, while a bra that is too small will cause spillage. Cohen says, “The band should fit comfortably snug for support, but not too tight that it leaves marks. You should be able to slide two fingers under the back of your band—no more, no less. The straps should stay put all day without slipping, but they shouldn’t be so tight they dig.”

There are several bra styles on the market, so finding the right one to flatter and support your shape can take time. “Almost 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size due to common fit issues like slipping straps, wire sitting on breasts, straps digging in, cup gaping, side overflow, and cup overflow,” Cohen says. Consider this your checklist to avoid when bra shopping. If you’re free from all, you just may have found the perfect bra.

Gabrielle Richards, bra expert and brand director of Truekind and Shapermint, suggests fuller-chested women should consider a bra with wider straps. “These are designed to offer better support by distributing weight more evenly, giving you that extra comfort you deserve,” she says. Full-coverage cups will also make a bra more comfortable. “Strong back bands will provide extra support, making sure your bra stays put and doesn’t ride up.”

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Vanessa Powell

Vanessa is an established editor, stylist and shopping expert covering all things style, gear and wellness. She lives in Los Angeles and is passionate about sharing innovative products, tips and trends for people and the planet.

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